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3D-Printed House Built in 24 Hours in Russia

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A new 3D-printed house just went up in Russia, marking new strides in rapid-fire construction techniques. The Moscow home was built in just 24 hours, designboom reports.

Though 3D printing hasn’t become the norm in construction, it’s no longer a sci-fi dream. The first 3D-printed office opened up in Dubai last year, and in Beijing, one 3D-printed house is built to withstand an 8.0 magnitude earthquake. In 2014, a Shanghai company printed 10 houses in one day.

The company behind this latest project, Apis Cor, describes its project as the first 3D-printed house made with a mobile printer. Apis Cor's crane-like printer technology is small enough that the house can be built from the inside, rather than by a machine larger than the house itself. It’s still 20 feet long and weighs as much as an SUV, but in construction terms, that’s pretty small. Plus, it can be transported to the site itself rather than shipping prefabricated materials to the lot for assembly.

The house, which was built in Moscow, measures about 410 square feet, and at around $10,000 to build (including wiring and insulation), it’s cheaper than most tiny houses. And unlike some other printed houses, it’s pretty stylish.

[h/t designboom]

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This Russian Kindergarten Looks Just Like a Castle
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A group of lucky kindergarteners in Russia don’t have to wear poufy dresses or plastic crowns to pretend they’re royalty. As Atlas Obscura reports, all they have to do is go to school.

In a rural area of Russia's Leninsky District sits a massive, pastel-colored schoolhouse that was built to resemble Germany's famed Neuschwanstein Castle. It has turrets and gingerbread-like moldings—and instead of a moat, the school offers its 150 students multiple playgrounds, a soccer field, a garden, and playhouses.

Tuition is 21,800 rubles (about $360) a month, but the Russian government subsidizes it to make it less expensive for parents. As for the curriculum: it’s designed to promote social optimism, and each month’s lesson plan is themed. (September, for example, will be career-focused.)

Take a video tour of the school below, or learn more on the school’s website.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

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This Chinese Library's Interior Is Designed to Look Like an Infinite Tunnel of Books
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The Chinese city of Yangzhou is known for its graceful arched bridges and proximity to the Yangtze River and the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. Architects kept these unique local features in mind while designing Zhongshuge Yangzhou, a new bookstore and library that was completed in 2016.

Designed by Shanghai studio XL-Muse Architects, the building has black, mirrored floors and arched ceilings that symbolize Yangzhou’s famous waterways and overpasses. The floor reflects the store’s curving shelves to create the illusion of a never-ending tunnel of books—a true bibliophile’s dream.

Learn more about Yangzhou’s unique library/bookstore below, courtesy of Great Big Story.

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